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Mar Oscuro by MPFitzpatrick Mar Oscuro by MPFitzpatrick
Octopus mermaid becons the viewer - distracing them from the enourmous beast lurking behind her.

My first Painter painting, so I decided to use a limited palette to learn with.

The title is Spanish for "Dark Sea"

Detail here: [link]
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TopHatBigPencil Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is so amazing! :clap:
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RyClmn Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy sht that looks impressive! Very nicely done!
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Preseas88 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Student Photographer
I really like this; its eerie yet entrancing
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EVAUnit4A Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009  Hobbyist
Awesome detail and atmosphere! And I didn't notice the monster in the background til I read the description. :thumbsup:

Cecaelia [link] can be so distracting and alluring sometimes, ya know...? :horny:
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Amazonne Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw this on Pickman's model gallery and had to come here and fav it.
It's an awesone drawing. The mermaid is beautiful and the background is absolutely stunning!

I did see the "friendly being" behind her...but I guess it's way too late to escape anyway
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SilentDex Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful!
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Eolhin Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007   General Artist
Lovely, and creepy as well. Great use of a limited palette.
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:iconshyada:
Shyada Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007
Never trust an octopus mermaid :giggle:

Great artwork :aww:
Like the colors and that they create a mood as if you are really underwater.
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:iconbellmoore:
Bellmoore Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
Beautiful work, excellent use of colors. :+fav:
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AEenchantment Featured By Owner May 8, 2007
creepy! I love it
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:iconarica:
Arica Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
oooooooooh myyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ghooooooooood....*fave*
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Moosemouse Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007  Student General Artist
If I had'nt read the little description thing I would'nt have noticed the giant monster thingy.. Absolutely the blueness.
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mizzd-stock Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2006
:wow: this is incredible! :faint: :clap:
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OldLynx Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2006   Photographer
Beautiful! :)
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Il-Tramonto Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2006
One of best things i ever seen today!

:clap: clap: clap:
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Glacier-Grrl Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2006
OK I KNOW.... i'm commenting you to death but i gotta say

i love that i love that i love that it is soooooo awesome. I added you to my favorites right away now. You are now one of my total favorites on DA!

*wink*

Keep up the wikked work! You SOOOO Rule!
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soys Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2006
wow
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Okay, you can offically call me "octobait," because I never saw the critter in the background, and so, I'm toast (albeit a little soggy).

Excellent rendering, Michelle! I love the way that you have positioned the central figure to draw the viewers attention to her, and it is only as the eyes wander over into the background do we see the lurker in the deep.

You level of detail and attention to lighting is always refreshing. Keep up the fine work!

:D
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MPFitzpatrick Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2006
It absolutely astounds me that so many people are missing the ...thing... in the background. I mean...it's huge...and ...hungry.
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twosilverstars Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
She is really lovely, i like the originality of the octopus body rather than the typical fishy tail. Painter is a fun program :)
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danikastuff Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2006
Wow!! I can't beleive this is your first painter piece, this is amazing!!! Beutiful textures and use of light, wonderful work :)
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006
wow. really creepy. and i think the monochrome really helps. makes it feel more 'natural' and not at all heavily accented B movie creepy.
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nightmareprince Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2006
... so beautiful, I didn't even see the creature behind her, the colours play tricks with your eyes, along with a lil deep sea mermaid magic I suppose :D awesome work once again!
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MPFitzpatrick Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2006
It's so funny to me how many people miss the ...thing... Since I painted it, and kept doing the push-pull thing with how much he stood out, he's just so obvious to me. I guess I must have done a decent job of burying him though, since that's the effect I originally wanted.
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nightmareprince Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2006
it really works, mostly because she sort of projects herself out so your eyes look to her and the abckground kind of blends inton one dark shadow to illuminate her. Add to this her tentacles draw you into her rather than take you out due to the composition it works very well :D
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JudithMayr Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've stumbled across this picture throughout DA but for some odd reason never actually clicked on it, no matter how intriguing I found it with it's color scheme and that awesome subject. o.O All the more I'm glad to have finally stumbled across the artist who created this amazing work. It's very inspiring.
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rissdemeanour Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2006
Ah, delightfully sinister! :XD:
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Aredhelsforest Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
She *is* distracting me from the seamonster...! I suppose it's too late to scream and run now, right? :P
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MPFitzpatrick Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006
OH, yes, QUITE late. ANd running won't be of any use. Sorry.

:D
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Idarshu Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006
Nicely done.
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Cynnalia Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006
Amazing!! I love this piece, Michelle....very atmospheric! :+fav:
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disscordia Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
pretty sweet :)
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Chaos2112 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006
Oh, yay, she's finished! *adores*

Lovely, lovely texturing all around. I'm getting 'ruined city' vibes from whatever the Starspawn is lurking in.
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MPFitzpatrick Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006
Yes finally!! I'm SO tired!
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Ephraeim Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006   Writer
Wow - this one really rocks :handshake:
Awsome work and superb gallery :worship:
:D :D :D
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Hawkmistress Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006
really nice concept... love the tones you chose :hug:
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thespaceinvader Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006
:+fav: btw...
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MPFitzpatrick Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006
I have plyed darts with those touched by His Noodly Appendage, and thus have become a bit touched myself.


Great sig! Are *YOU* my cow?
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thespaceinvader Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006
>.> no, i'm not your cow... >.> honest...
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MPFitzpatrick Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006
No :moo: ? :lonely:
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thespaceinvader Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006
Incredible piece, the limited pallette really adds to the atmosphere.
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duff-smiled-at-me Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006
Oh, wow, that's really awesome. :)
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:iconjenely:
jenely Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Deliciously dark!!! I LOVE IT!!!
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:iconmpfitzpatrick:
MPFitzpatrick Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006
Well, the other piece I put up this week was just so darned sweet and happy. It had to balance out somehow. :D
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jenely Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
*giggles* :giggle: I understand. Too much sweetness will rot your teeth. ;P
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The limited color palette really worked to your advantage in this one - the piece looks great, particularly for an experimental one.

I'm digging the textures and lighting especially. And the tentacles. One can [almost] never go wrong with tentacles. ;-)
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MPFitzpatrick Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006
Nope. You can pretty much never go wrong with tentacles. They're tentacular and tenticalishious!
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CountessLenore Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
For your first work in Painter, this looks amazing! I love all the little details, you did such a great job!
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MPFitzpatrick Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006
EEEEE! This was done with the "sample" Painter that I got with my scanner mostly with the airbrush tool. I just loaded up the full version. Ooooooooooohhhhh! MUUUUUCH better! Expect lots more Painter Stuff! I may never use the airbrush tool again!
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purplerose Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006   Photographer
Very nice work.
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